Haddix, Margaret Peterson.
New York : Aladdin, 2002
was a normal patient in a nursing home. At age 100, she knew that
she would not have much more time to live. But, one day two doctors
came to visit her. They ask her a simple question: Would you
like to be younger? Of course, she said sure. They had her
sign some papers, she wasn't sure what they were, couldn't read them, but
thought her signature didn't matter. She had given her power of attorney
to one of her sons several years ago. What she didn't know was that
she just agreed to take part in an un-aging experiment. Fifty patients
were given a shot of an experimental drug which reversed the aging process.
Because it was experimental, the patients' deaths had been faked.
They were told not to contact their family members, they all thought they
were dead anyway. The doctors promised that the process could be
stopped. That once the patient reached their desired age, they would
be given another shot to stay at that age. The first patient to request
this procedure was Mr. Johnson. The patient were also losing their
memories as they un-aged. Mr. Johnson did not want to forget
his wife's funeral. When the procedue was tried on Mr. Johnson, he
died suddenly--turning to ashes. The doctors tell them it was an
What will happen to Amelia and the other patients if this un-aging process can't be stopped? Are they willing to risk the chance of dying if they try to stop? Can they stand living in the facility cut off from the rest of the world and their family? (Pam Taylor, email@example.com, librarian)
Science -- Experiments -- Fiction.
Aging -- Fiction.